Baker – Mon, Mar. 16, 2020
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – After convening the Council of Presidents Executive Committee, and with input from the National Administrative Council and National Eligibility Committee, the NAIA announced on Monday that they have made the decision to cancel the spring 2020 sports season, effective immediately.
As the NAIA has just released that the 2020 spring sports season is cancelled, the Baker University Athletic Department wanted to confirm that with a heavy heart, this also includes Baker University and the Heart of America Athletic Conference. There are great emotions that each of us hold, but at the end of the day, this is an unprecedented event and we all have to take unprecedented measures.
“We know this is extremely disappointing, especially to our student-athletes,” President and CEO of the NAIA Jim Carr stated. “All possible options for maintaining the spring season were discussed at great length by multiple governance groups. However, the growing state of emergency due to COVID-19, as well as the Center for Disease Control’s recommendation yesterday to limit gatherings to fewer than 50 people for eight weeks, meant we could not in good conscience move forward, possibly putting student-athletes, staff and fans at risk.”
This decision will affect many student-athletes in the Baker community, but the NAIA has made it clear that no spring sport student-athletes will be charged a season of competition, and any spring sport student-athletes who were enrolled full-time in 2020 will be awarded two additional semester terms of attendance or the equivalent.
Published at Mon, 16 Mar 2020 16:05:00 +0000
Baker – Fri, Mar. 13, 2020
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Effective tomorrow, March 14, the Heart of America Athletic Conference will temporarily suspend all conference competitions for the athletic programs of its 13 member institutions. The league’s Council of Presidents (COP) reached the decision on Friday afternoon.
The decision comes based on the continuing developments across the landscape of athletics from the effects of COVID-19.
“We have chosen to exercise an abundance of caution as we move through the uncharted waters of the COVID-19 situation,” stated Commissioner Lori Thomas. “We will use this time to monitor the ever-changing health crisis and determine the best steps for the health and welfare of our student-athletes, coaches, administration, and fans moving forward.”
Heart sports impacted by this decision include men’s volleyball, baseball, softball, outdoor track & field, men’s golf, and women’s golf. On Thursday, the NAIA National Office announced the immediate cancellation of all remaining winter national championships: men’s basketball, women’s basketball, competitive cheer, competitive dance, and women’s wrestling.
With the health, safety and well-being of student-athletes as a top priority, Heart officials and the COP view this as the right and necessary step to take relative to COVID-19. Conference officials will continue to monitor the situation and continue working closely with the national office on this extremely fluid situation.
Conference officials will continue to meet regularly over the next two weeks with the next public comment on conference competitions to be released in April. If the suspension is lifted, additional updates regarding conference spring championships will be communicated once information is obtained from the national office on their plan for conducting national postseason events this spring.
Decisions on all non-conference sporting events – both in and out of championship season – along with sports not sponsored by the Heart will be determined at the institutional level.
Published at Fri, 13 Mar 2020 19:40:00 +0000